Learn more about SAS Viya with resources from SAS Education

November 28, 2017
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SAS Viya is an exciting addition to the SAS Platform, allowing you to conduct analysis faster than ever before and providing you the flexibility to utilize open source technologies and generate insights from data in any computing environment. The blog ...
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What’s the most likely location for Amazon’s HQ2?

November 27, 2017
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The most highly anticipated business announcement this fall is probably the location for Amazon's second headquarters (dubbed HQ2). Amazon plans to spend $5 billion on their HQ2, and employ about 50,000 people in high-tech jobs. They received 238 proposals before their October 19 deadline, but haven't announced a winner yet.

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The method of moments: A smart way to choose initial parameters for MLE

November 27, 2017
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The method of moments: A smart way to choose initial parameters for MLE

When you run an optimization, it is often not clear how to provide the optimization algorithm with an initial guess for the parameters. A good guess converges quickly to the optimal solution whereas a bad guess might diverge or require many iterations to converge. Many people use a default value

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What’s the must-have Thanksgiving side dish?

November 22, 2017
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If you're preparing a big Thanksgiving dinner, then you don't want to leave out the most popular side dish, do you?!? But what is the most popular side dish? ... If you don't already know, then perhaps some data & analytics can help! But before we get started, here's a

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Compute the CDF and quantiles of discrete distributions

November 22, 2017
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Compute the CDF and quantiles of discrete distributions

A statistical programmer read my article about the beta-binomial distribution and wanted to know how to compute the cumulative distribution (CDF) and the quantile function for this distribution. In general, if you know the PDF for a discrete distribution, you can also compute the CDF and quantile functions. This article

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Computing a date from the past (or future) with SAS

November 21, 2017
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Computing a date from the past (or future) with SAS

Social media has brought anniversary dates to the forefront. Every day, my view of Google Photos or Facebook shows me a collection of photos from exactly some number of years ago to remind me of how good things were back then. These apps are performing the simplest of date-based math

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How a data guy cooks a Thanksgiving dinner!

November 21, 2017
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Here in the US, we're preparing to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Therefore  this Thursday most families in the US will be having a big turkey dinner. Although I'm a bachelor guy and eat out all the time, I'm actually a pretty good cook - and I'd ...
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Using SAS to Help Girl Scouts Grow Cookie Sales!

November 20, 2017
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Motivating students is one of the major challenges teachers and student advocates face on a daily basis and encouraging students to be interested in analytics is a whole other mountain to climb, or is it? What motivates students? Often we make assumpti...
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Simulate data from the beta-binomial distribution in SAS

November 20, 2017
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Simulate data from the beta-binomial distribution in SAS

This article shows how to simulate beta-binomial data in SAS and how to compute the density function (PDF). The beta-binomial distribution is a discrete compound distribution. The "binomial" part of the name means that the discrete random variable X follows a binomial distribution with parameters N (number of trials) and

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